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EL Paper 1 Situational Writing Tips

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  What is Situational Writing? Situational writing is a test of applied or practical writing skills. For example, students may be asked to write an e-mail, letter, postcard, etc. to a particular person. This counts for 15 marks. 6 marks are allocated for Task Fulfilment and 9 for Language and Organization. To get the top band for Task Fulfilment (5-6

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Top THREE Most Tested Grammar MCQ Questions Part 3/3

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  3. Relative Pronouns Who, Whose, Whom These three pronouns are often used as distractors for grammar MCQ, usually to test the use of ‘whom’, which many students are unfamiliar with. These Relative Pronouns are used to introduce relative clauses. ‘Who’ is always followed by a verb/action e.g John, who likes ice-cream, ate two cones! ‘Whose’ is a possessive pronoun

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Top THREE Most Tested Grammar MCQ Questions Part 2/3

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  2. Question Tags Question tags are the short questions that we put on the end of sentences – particularly in spoken English. There are many different question tags but the rules are not difficult to learn. i) Positive/negative If the main part of the sentence is positive, the question tag is negative He’s a doctor, isn’t he? You work

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Top THREE Most Tested Grammar MCQ Questions Part 1/3

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  These Grammar MCQ questions are in almost EVERY upper primary / PSLE Paper 2 Booklet A. Why is that so? Mostly because students KEEP GETTING THEM WRONG! Learn to spot them, know WHY they are tested, and get full marks for EVERY Grammar MCQ section from now on! 1. Verbs/Tenses (Agreement): These form the bulk of Grammar MCQ, because

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PSLE ENGLISH REVISION TIPS

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Having taught several cohorts of primary school graduating classes, I have amassed quite a few tips and strategies that can be used for revision right before your PSLE English papers (or any upper primary English exams for that matter). This may be construed as ‘spotting’ questions, but these questions are repeated in almost every English exam for a reason. Kids

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Overcoming Fear

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Finally, when Luke woke up on Monday morning, it dawned on him, it was the day of his worst nightmare- the injection. He trudged downstairs and ate his breakfast as slow as possible. At last they were headed off to school. Once Mrs Chan dropped Luke and Leia off, she said with a big grin, “Luke, may the Force be with you!” With that, she left.

How to Write a Fully Developed Composition

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Getting kids to write a story is a challenge, especially those who do not have a great reading habit. It’s tough to come up with interesting story ideas, and even if they do, they often do not know how to DEVELOP these ideas. And developing a story is crucial to scoring higher marks for Content, in school composition writing. Take

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Interesting Story Hooks

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Most readers do not have the patience to read 50 pages into a book to find out if it is interesting to them or not. Likewise for short stories and compositions, if you don’t grab your reader’s attention in the first few lines, they will lose interest and move on. The last thing you want to do is to bore

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Five Ways to Help Autistic Children Read Better

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I remember when my wife and I found out our son was autistic. We went through what most parents who discover this disorder go through…guilt (that somehow it was our fault), fear (that he would not be able to cope) and well…mostly just worry. We managed to get help from EIPIC (Early Intervention Program for Infants and Children), and thankfully

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